The Hamlet gives young people the chance to gain skills for work

Staff from Hope School and College with supporters and students at The Hamlet

Young adults, who were previously students at Hope School and College, celebrated the launch of their new training facility by hosting a coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

The young people got to try out their new hospitality skills and experience what life might be like working in a café at the event, which was held in their newly renovated training centre, The Hamlet, in a quiet corner of the Three Sisters recreation area in Bryn.

The Hamlet was developed by staff from Hope School, as they wanted young people aged 19-25 with disabilities and learning differences to have an opportunity to gain skills that would help them move into the world of work after they had graduated from college.

Gemma Crompton, from Hope School and College, says,

‘We’ve always been passionate about supporting young people to develop the skills they will need for the future but wanted to make sure they could learn in a supportive, safe, environment.’

‘Today has been a great opportunity for them to try out their new skills and I couldn’t be more proud of them. I’m so appreciative of the support we’ve had to get to this point.’

The coffee morning gave Hope School the opportunity to thank some of the key sponsors of the development. Lots of local businesses have made contributions to help make The Hamlet a reality, including Howdens, who provided a new fitted kitchen, Keltbray, who made regular financial contributions and Cory Landfill, who led on the building renovations.

The result is a brand new training café facility (which isn’t open to the general public yet, although there are hopes that this could be a possibility longer term), classroom and common room for the students and a working design and print service. There is also a conference room, which is available for hire.

Amy, 19, from Bamfurlong, is training at The Hamlet. She says,

‘It’s been really good. I’ve learned how to use the coffee machine and everyone has worked hard and helped each other.’

Councillor Nathan Murray, says,

‘It’s been great to come along today and see The Hamlet open. It has been beautifully renovated to create a fantastic facility for young people in the area. The students have been incredibly professional and I’ve been impressed by how well they’ve put their new hospitality skills into practice.’

Councillor Jenny Bullen, Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People’s Services, adds,

‘This is such a great example of the public sector and private businesses working together to achieve success. Well done to staff from Hope School and College for having the patience and resilience to see this idea become a reality and congratulations to the young people for running a very successful opening event.’